One of the most important remnants of the Roman Empire living in Anatolia, a Turkish bath, known as hammam, is a focal point in Turkish culture. Combining the structure of Roman Baths with their traditional architectural style, Ottomans managed to create not only a place of cleansing but also a place of entertainment and recreation.
Whether in the traditional Çemberlitaş Hamam built in 1584 or in the recently renovated Ayasofya Hürrem Sultan Hamam, you will experience a real healing ritual while the therapists pamper you. Dressed up in the special silk towel called peshtemal, you will head to the hot room of “sıcaklık”. With a large dome with small glass windows that create half-light, this is the room where you will relax lying on a heated marble stone called “göbek taşı” and perspire for a while until your professional masseur, “tellak” in Turkish, comes to scrub your whole body with a rough mitt (“kese”). You will surely be very surprised with the result. Getting cleared of the dead skin, you will have a bubble wash with olive-oil soups and a relaxing massage before you chill out in the cooling-room where you can have a refreshing drink or a glass of traditional fruit sherbet and a piece of Turkish delight. When you leave the hammam, you will feel refreshed, and your skin will be as soft as silk.
If you prefer to combine your hammam ritual with other treatments, Hotel Les Ottoman’s luxurious spa center Caudalie Vinothérapie Spa’s professional therapists will offer you the best options including massages, body treatments, facials and body sculpturing treatments. For the ones who want to spend their vacation being pampered, the 5-star luxury resort Kempinski Hotel Barbaros Bay in Bodrum combines the exclusive service of Kempinski and Six Senses Spa in a breathtaking location overlooking the Aegean Sea.